By Phil Okose, Onitsha
Four market leaders from Onitsha zone have declared interest in contesting the position of the president general of the Amalgamated Markets Traders of Anambra State (AMATAS), the umbrella market body in Anambra state slated to hold on June 5, 2019.
Orient Daily gathered from sources close to the AMATAS office that a former chairman of Main Market, Chiefs Sam Uzor, and former chairman of Marine Modern Market, Mr. Vincent Ifeme were among those jostling for the top job. There are equally dozens of others known to be in the race for the 11 executive positions of the organisation in the election.
According to the guidelines for the purchase and return of forms, as made available by the electoral committee, the positions available are the president general, two assistant presidents general, the secretary general, treasurer, financial secretary, publicity secretary, and provost.
Meanwhile, the chairman of board of trustees (BoT), International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety), Nze Emeka Umeagbalasi, has advised members shopping for a caretaker committee or going to court to have a rethink retrace their footsteps.
He said either of the two actions would truncate democracy and create unnecessary and avoidable crises in Anambra markets. He said anybody who had interest in leadership positions should subject himself or herself to the wish of the traders, instead of trying to come through the back door.
He said the Anambra markets had experienced enduring peace for some time now and believed this was due to the massive democratisation of the markets which reduced agitation and tension.
“What we have now may not be the best, but it is better than foisting outright undemocratic leadership on the traders in the name of Caretaker. We have democracy at the federal and state levels. Every other organisation in the country should equally be democratised. Our markets should be democratised. We cannot go back to the era of Caretaker. ” he said.